You pride yourself on your organizational skills, what helps keep you focused and productive even during the most trying of times. Even so, there are times when you feel a tinge of insanity coming upon you as your workload increases and your ability to get things done is tested like never before. Here is how to manage your productivity even when you swear that you are losing your mind.
1. Let it go and move on. Productive people understand that they won’t always get everything right. In fact, they are very much aware of their human limitations and therefore they endeavor to recognize their mistakes, forgive themselves and move on. A perfectionist will strive to make everything right and spend an inordinate amount of time on something at the expense of other matters. That dedication may sound noble, but it ultimately takes away from other responsibilities and tends to harm their bottom line.
2. Solutions trump the problems. Always. Productive people recognize that there are problems. They also recognize that there are solutions. Instead of focusing on the problems, they endeavor to find solutions. That does not mean that they do not recognize the problems, rather they are cognizant that finding solutions quickly is a much better approach than concentrating on problems. Furthermore, once the solution has been implemented, they will review the problem later to avoid repeating it.
3. Taking a break is not just a good idea, it is smart. If you want to be productive, you protect your downtime too. Ask highly successful people what helps them achieve everything that they do and you may learn that they guard their downtime jealously. This can mean a number of things, including exercising daily before heading off to work, leaving work early to attend a child’s recital or sporting event, and even taking lunch breaks away from their desk. Productive people eat, exercise and get enough sleep because they know managing their bodies ultimately helps them to do what they do best.
4. Change happens, so embrace it. The one constant in business is change. For those who resist it, insanity or some nervous condition becomes a possibility. For successful and productive people, change is not simply a nuisance, but an opportunity. Productive people at the leading edge of change are able to adjust accordingly and may get a leg up on the competition. Sure, not all change is enjoyable, especially when it can harm your bottom line. Yet, if you focus on moving ahead, you will get back to doing what you do best. And that is being highly productive.
5. Positivity beats negativity. All the time. There are people who are positive and there are people that are negative. In some business and work environments, it can seem that the latter is more influential than the former. Negativity can affect your performance, therefore you know how important it is to take adversity or opposition, and turn it around into something positive. Fail that and your productivity will flag. Moreover, you will be caught up in the same behavior you want to avoid.
6. Saying “no” is not a bad thing. Productive people know that to say “yes” to everything is unrealistic. It can also be damaging to what they really want and should do. There are times when you must decide whether to take on a new project, accept a new client or expand into a new business territory. You weigh your choices carefully and ultimately understand that saying “no” can sometimes be the best decision you ever make.
No, you are not likely to go insane even if you do not practice the six strategies outlined herein. However, you may develop an ulcer, find it difficult to sleep or battle a host of other ailments that correlate to your work habits. Do yourself a favor: strive for productivity, but never at the expense of your peace of mind.